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Deaf Services

deaf.jpgAIM has a long relationship with the deaf community, and through its 34-year history, it has provided services and programming in education; advocacy; rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act; information about, and temporary provision of, assistive technology; self-advocacy; and information and referral.

AIM offers to the deaf and hard of hearing: Individual advocacy; trainings to empower the deaf in self-advocacy; deaf support groups; deaf club; and presentations for assistive technology, interacting with deaf culture and educating youth on deaf culture.

Through local meetings, AIM learned the three biggest concerns of deaf individuals are:

  • Having hospitals provide an interpreter for the deaf

  • Interacting with law enforcement

  • Local schools not interacting with deaf parents by video phone, TTY or text message in cases of emergency

To help with police interactions, AIM constructed a deaf card that can be placed in the visor of a deaf person’s car and can be shown to police during a traffic stop. Click here for the card. Instructions:

  • Print out the page, cut the card to size, scotch tape the ends, and place it on your visor to use when stopped by law enforcement.

  • Always remember, place the card between the fingers of your left hand so that law enforcement can quickly see that it says I AM DEAF.

  • Keep your hands high on the steering column. Turn your face toward police so that they can see you.

  • Do not make any sudden moves – let law enforcement evaluate the situation so they understand you are not a threat.

  • If it is nighttime and law enforcement shines a light in your eyes, keep your hands high on the steering column. Put the deaf card between your fingers so law enforcement reads it and understands you are deaf. Do not make any sudden moves.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Deaf Services

Q: Can AIM Deaf Services find me a job?

A: No. You will be referred to ACCESS VR.

Q: Can AIM fix my video phone?

A: No. You need to contact the company who owns the video phone.

Q: Sometimes, I don't the understand letters I get in the mail. Can AIM help me understand the letter?

A: Yes. Contact us for an appointment.

Q: Will AIM staff show up for me in court or at a school CSE meeting or any other meeting?

A: Yes. AIM staff will come with you as your advocate, but you must make an appointment with AIM to discuss what you need as soon as you know your court or meeting date. Do not wait to call AIM – call right away to ensure AIM can give you someone to work with and has plenty of time to help you get your information in order. In addition, during these meetings, you, as an adult or as a parent, still have the power to make decisions and have the final say in what it is that you want. AIM acts as a support to you during this time.

Q: Can AIM help pay my rent or bills?

A: No. We do not give out money.

Q: Will AIM loan me deaf or hard-of-hearing equipment?

A: Yes. Please call TRAID at (888) 962-8244, ext. 226.

For more information about deaf services, contact Shelly Danley at (607) 215-7836, or

Click here to access the world deaf directory. Click here to visit the National Association for the Deaf's website.